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At a Balaji Abhishekam in Minnesota in 2015

Today I attended Balaji Abhishekam with my wife. She’d been expressing interest in dipping her toe in the waters, as it were, at the temple I go to, and today she said she’d go with me. Only after she expressed … Continue reading

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Holi Hai!…But Why?

by Aranyakananda I cannot just not write about Holi. I did so last year, I think maybe as many as three posts all Holi and Holika Dahan considered. But as far as Holi, I only wrote about Nrsimha, and Prahlada. … Continue reading

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A Vaisnavical Curiosity

by Aranyakananda My wife and I just opened some Christmas packages that we received from family who live far away. One of mine was a pendant of Lord Vishnu with Adishesha overhead. The curious part is that in the Lord’s … Continue reading

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Spiritually Flighty

by Aranyakananda This post is titled thusly because given the subject-matter, one may label me as such. For you see, even though I have recently begun identifying as “Smarta with Vaisnav leanings” or some such madness, as opposed to strictly … Continue reading

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I’ve Never Been So Happy To See A Dead Bird In My Life

by Aranyakananda Whilst on a little saunter that I took this morning, I rolled down the sidewalk, on the street where I live. I happened to glance into the street and saw what appeared to be a crow (?) but … Continue reading

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Dharma Nightmare

by Aranyakananda Last night I had a horrific nightmare that was basically just a rehashing of a very emotionally wrenching discussion I had with a loved one not long ago. Except in the dream it was multiplied – nay, amplified! … Continue reading

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Try To Commit One Cowherdly Act, Daily

by Aranyakananda I have read recently that the root of the English surname – not necessarily the word– “Coward” is the same as that of the word “Cowherd”. I find this risible as it has been pointed out to me … Continue reading

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I Was a Brahmanist Jnani Yogi

by Aranyakananda My temple currently resides in a former church. We are raising money to build our own new proper temple. Within a couple of years, the Murtis will be installed in a proper home, I am sure. It is … Continue reading

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Protection

by Aranyakananda Since the staircase tumble which I described in the last post took place in Winnipeg, now that I am home I went to get further x-rays today and another doctor’s opinion on the prognosis. I am happy to … Continue reading

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Higher Ground

by Aranyakananda Something a friend recently said got me thinking about songs that aid me in maintaining a bhakti state of mind. Often these are songs which lead us to a state of emotional awareness. I suppose for me it … Continue reading

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